Why do I need it?
Ever been injured? Then you probably already realise it, but prevention is way better than cure. Physio Phebe explains...
There are two main types of injuries, acute and overuse.
Acute injuries can be caused from things outside of your control, such a being taken out by a rouge snowboarder and twisting your knee. They can also be caused from suddenly overloading a particular part of your body, for example, straining your calf muscle during a sprint.
The other common acute injuries we see as physios are caused from direct impact, often from falling (which again isn't always your fault!), leading to things like corkys, bone bruising and one that is quite topical, concussion.
Overuse injuries develop mainly due to factors with training and technique. They often start as a little niggle and build up with repetition. Over time, conditions such as osteoarthritis can develop, which may limit your function and cause more long-term (chronic) pain.
How can I prevent injuries?
Firstly, the most important aspect of injury prevention is strength & conditioning with proper technique. Training your body to gradually accept load and teaching your brain the best way to move to maximise the ability of the joints, tendons, and muscles is pivotal.
It's then just as important to ensure you are using correct fitting equipment and footwear, as well as utilising appropriate protective garments specific to the risk of your activity. This is particularly important if you have a history of a previous injury, especially if you didn’t actively rehabilitate it.
What are protective garments?
Well, there are a few different types...
Muscle and joint supports play a role in both injury recovery and injury prevention and hence there are different options depending on your need.
Rehabilitation supports or braces limit movement of a joint to allow for optimum healing of muscle or ligament for injury recovery.
Functional supports or braces allow for full movement while providing support for muscles and ligaments at high risk of injury for injury prevention. Functional braces can also work to unload or reduce pressure on key areas that may be painful due to more chronic or long term conditions such as osteoarthritis, allowing you to complete activities with less pain or discomfort which may help you participate for longer.
Throughout the recovery process it is common to start off with a rehabilitation style brace while you work through your rehab by strengthening the muscles and ligaments around the injured area. Then weaning onto a less restrictive and more functional option for return to activity, which you can continue wearing for longer term injury prevention, which is the type sold here on Alpine Armour (see LP Support).
When it comes to impact injuries, G-form and 2nd Skull products have you covered. They are designed to provide padding to the common anatomical areas that are prone to the impact injuries I mentioned above. The padding is lightweight and allows full movement of your joints. You won't even notice you're wearing it, but if you fall, you'll be very grateful you are.
What if I still get injured?
Unfortunately, there will still be some instances where you do sustain an injury and if this is the case, I'm here to help! You can check out my free injury guidance through Facebook Messenger. It will guide you through what to do, what to avoid, who to see and when to see them!
ABOUT PHYSIO PHEBE
Phebe Liston is an Australian physiotherapist from the adventure hub of Bright. Following her love of alpine sports, Phebe works with Olympic athletes in skiing and mountain biking and deals with alpine sports injuries day in and day out at her clinic in Bright.
Phebe has selected each product for the site in accordance with our mission to help minimise your chance of sustaining an injury (or at the very least decrease the extent of potential damage), as well as helping those with a chronic condition stay active for longer. Together, we want to help you be active with confidence.
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